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Microsoft: Patch old Windows systems or risk computer worm

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Microsoft is trying to prevent the outbreak of a computer worm by urging those running older Windows systems to patch their machines.

Redmond has discovered a serious flaw in Windows 7, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003 and 2008 systems, which can be exploited to create malware capable of automatically spreading from one vulnerable machine to another.

"While we have observed no exploitation of this vulnerability, it is highly likely that malicious actors will write an exploit for this vulnerability and incorporate it into their malware," Microsoft said.

The vulnerability deals with the Remote Desktop Services function in Windows, which can allow a user to take control of the machine over a network. Enterprises often choose to activate the feature on PCs and servers as a way to control them remotely. Read more...

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